Holly Benson, the secretary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, tendered her resignation, effective Oct. 28, according to a copy of her resignation letter provided by the AHCA. Benson, 38, was appointed to the position in February 2008 by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican. In her resignation letter to Crist, Benson wrote that after meeting with the governor this week to discuss her future plans, it was clear that she needed to resign in order to pursue those opportunities. The speculation has been that Benson would run for the Republican nomination for state attorney general, according to published reports. Benson also noted in her resignation letter that the future of healthcare was being written in Washington, not Florida’s capital of Tallahassee. Prior to becoming AHCA secretary, Benson was secretary of Florida’s Business and Professional Regulation Department. Before that, she was a member of the Florida House of Representatives for six years.
The Carilion Clinic system agreed to sell an imaging center and surgery center acquired in a deal that met with an antitrust challenge from the Federal Trade Commission. Seven-hospital Carilion does not admit to an antitrust violation or concede the FTC’s version of the facts put forward in an administrative complaint filed in July. An August filing in the case indicated that Carilion had agreed to sell the centers and was working toward an agreement with the commission. The proposed consent agreement calls for Carilion to divest the two businesses within three months to a buyer or buyers approved by the commission. The sale must include all of the associated assets that the buyer will need in order to compete with Carilion, such as patient and physician records, medical equipment, payer and supplier contracts and government permits. The agreement also includes measures intended to ensure the centers, both in Roanoke, are able to compete after they’re cut loose.